1953 in paleontology

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Paleontology, palaeontology or palæontology (from Greek: paleo, "ancient"; ontos, "being"; and logos, "knowledge") is the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils.[1] This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised feces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because mankind has encountered fossils for millennia, paleontology has a long history both before and after becoming formalized as a science. This article records significant discoveries and events related to paleontology that occurred in the year 1953.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list[2] and Dr. Jeremy Montague's dinosaur genus database.[3]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Brachylophosaurus[4] Valid taxon
Chiayusaurus[5] Nomen dubium.
Heishansaurus[5] Nomen dubium.
Microceratops[5]

Preoccupied.

  • Bohlin

Preoccupied by Seyrig 1952. Renamed Microceratus in 2008.

Peishansaurus[5] Nomen dubium.
Sauroplites[5] Nomen dubium.
Stegosaurides[5] Nomen dubium.

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Thalassiosaurus

Valid

Welles

junior synonym of Styxosaurus

Valid

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

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Valid

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Valid

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gini-Newman, Garfield; Graham, Elizabeth (2001). Echoes from the past: world history to the 16th century. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN 9780070887398. OCLC 46769716. 
  2. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database". Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ Sternberg, C.H. 1953. A new hadrosaur from the Oldman Formation of Alberta: Discussion of nomenclature. Bull. Dept. Res. Dev. Can. 128: pp. 1-12.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Bohlin, B. 1953. Fossil reptiles from Mongolia and Kansu. Sino-Swedish Exped. Publ. 37: pp. 1- 113 (Statens Etnografiska Museum, Stockholm);